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2014 Gay Games - photo Bob Perkoski

If any word accurately describes Cleveland, it's diversity. By the late 19th century, 10 percent of the city's population was Irish. Next came the Germans, followed in successive waves by Italians, Poles, Hungarians, Slovenians and Slovakians. Today, the largest growth has been seen in the Asian and Hispanic communities. Cleveland has a history of welcoming the immigrant. Walk into the West Side Market on a busy morning and you might identify a dozen different tongues -- and we don't mean the kinds that come from tasty animals. Diversity is not only what defines a city; it's what makes a city great.


The Refugee Services Collaborative is a group of Cleveland organizations joined to better serve the refugees resettling in Northeast Ohio

Reshaping the Rust belt through immigrant talent

America's former industrial heartland, which includes Cleveland and nearby cities like Detroit, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, looks to reclaim its past through the attraction of foreign-born residents. 

Beachland Ballroom - Photo Bob Perkoski

This Weekend in Cleveland: Salute to Summer and more

The dog days of summer are here. Get all your last hurrahs. This weekend, explore the newest happenings on Waterloo Road, celebrate Guide to Kulchur’s expanded location, soak up the late summer sun at MIX and more!

Lubrizol employs several dozen immigrant employees in a wide range of technical, commercial and functional roles

Can becoming a 'global employer' expand Cleveland's talent base?

An upcoming Global Cleveland event will encourage area companies to share best practices in hiring foreign-born brainpower.

Welcome Week

Cleveland's immigrant population to get a shout-out during Welcome Week

The September events will celebrate the contributions of immigrants and entrepreneurs to their communities.

The May Dugan Center

In gentrifying Ohio City, helping the ones who need it most

Not everyone's feeling the craft food boom in Ohio City. The nonprofit May Dugan Center has anchored the corner of Fulton and Bridge for 46 years, helping poor residents meet their basic needs.
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Diversity Founders

lynlee altman

lynlee altman

City: MidTown
Meet Lynlee Altman, founder of Pinnacle Construction, a general contractor that specializes in unique, complex and safety-critical construction.
debbie donley

debbie donley

City: Downtown
Meet Debbie Donley, founder of Vocon, an architectural firm with more than 120 employees in its Cleveland and New York offices.
ariane kirkpatrick

ariane kirkpatrick

City: Emerging Neighborhoods
Meet Ariane Kirkpatrick, founder of AKA Construction Management Team, Inc., a construction company and commercial cleaning company with 47 employees.
jill akins

jill akins

City: Downtown
Meet Jill Akins, founder of Van Auken Akins Architects LLC.
kazell pugh

kazell pugh

City: Bedford
Meet Kazell Pugh, founder of TLC Springwater.
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